Yes, we are at the point where the hinges came off and the nature of human is upside down, this is the point which humans are far from being the “self”, no one has control over their lives and feel that they are losing their “souls”.

And because of that, this is also where fear, conflict and anxiety manifested... This is where the path to “honour” and being “smart” gets complicated... The point where passions hidden inside will be revised, altered and adapted into the governing system’s demands... “Honour”, “success” and “smart” wil not be achieved if the demands are not met and passions are not regulated... Source of joy will be the regulation of passions. Sennett continues the text with: “Social norms determine these motivations.” what does this mean? Answer is simple: Passions are constantly manipulated by the social system; norms change and determine the definitions of “success”, “honour” and “smart”... And if it just means to “achieve honour”... or adapting to the “skills economy”... But it doesn’t end there; “sometimes” the manipulation is

noticed and it ignites the suspicion, fear and anxiety in “the self”. For that, the individual questions the notion of “honour”, and that also means questioning the very nature of themselves.

But what is it good for? If we look at it from a historical point of view: Reconsideration of “the self” and the will to understand it. The reason for the debates of “right to leisure time” and “right for idleness” precedently starting with Paul LaFargue and Karl Marx and pursued by William Morris and Bertrand Russell.

For the final point: This exhibition is about the notion of “passion”... What to see here are not some surfaces, colors or compositions seen at first sight... But the desire of a “self” filled with passion to be discovered from their “extensive deep depths”.

Emre Zeytinoğlu




Publisher Millî Reasürans T.A.Ş.

1st Edition, 1000 copies

ISBN 978-605-2391-10-5

Organization Millî Reasürans Sanat Galerisi

Text Emre Zeytinoğlu, Şebnem İşigüzel, Kirkor Sahakoğlu

Translation Sercan Tekin

Design Kirkor Sahakoğlu

Photography Studio Majo / Engin Gerçek

Color Separation and Printing MAS Matbaacılık San. ve Tic. A.Ş.


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